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Advertisement RIMOUSKI, QC – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)The Government of Canada’s investment in sports and cultural events is an effective way to support actions that generate substantial economic and media spinoff in the regions in which the events are held.On the occasion of the opening of the 32nd Festi Jazz international de Rimouski (website in French only), the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, announced that $48,400 in financial assistance, in the form of a non-repayable contribution, has been granted to commercialize the 2017 and 2018 events outside Quebec. Festi Jazz Rimouski Inc. is an organization whose mission is to organize and promote the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, allowing tourists and Quebecers to discover various jazz styles. The funding awarded through CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP) will go toward hospitality for journalists and foreign representatives, advertising costs and participation in events for target markets. The project also involves the design of a new Internet site and bilingual application, English translation of the various promotional tools and the purchase of digital production equipment for Web promotion.Quote“The Government of Canada supports mobilizing and unifying projects like the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, which showcase the regions of Canada abroad. These artistic events generate significant spinoff in terms of jobs, tourism and visibility for Canada.”The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CEDQuick factsFesti Jazz Rimouski Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give jazz lovers from Bas-Saint-Laurent, the rest of Quebec and the Maritimes access to high-quality shows in an urban and maritime environment.The 2017 line-up includes 60 shows with 300 artists, including two Grandes soirées du jazz québécois, featuring many major Quebec musicians.The shows in the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, which attract over 30,000 people annually, will be presented on 15 stages in the area, including a festive site in the heart of downtown Rimouski.CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.For more information on CED’s key directions until 2021, consult Strategic Plan 2021 or visit www.dec-ced.gc.ca.Stay connectedFollow CED on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube Follow the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement
Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Sarah Polley began her prolific career in film at an early age — the age of four, to be precise, when she first appeared in the holiday Disney film One Magic Christmas. Her later roles collaborating with directors like Atom Egoyan in The Sweet Hereafter, Terry Gilliam in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and Doug Liman in Go showcased a fierce intelligence and emotional intuition that would later prove instrumental when she transitioned to working on the other side of the camera.In 2001, Polley attended the Director’s Lab at Norman Jewison’s renowned Canadian Film Centre. Her 2008 debut feature Away From Her, which she directed and adapted from Alice Munro’s New Yorker short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” highlighted her strengths in rich characterization. Julie Christie, one of the film’s stars, got an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role, while Polley received her own nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2008 Academy Awards. Polley’s ensuing films, which include the 2011 romantic drama Take This Waltz and the 2012 documentary Stories We Tell, have cemented the filmmaker as one of Canada’s most adaptable auteurs. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:
The days of a king sitting on the throne at Medieval Times castles is coming to an end.It’s now time for queens to take control at the franchise’s various locations across North America. After 34 years of kings lording over the jousting competition, all Medieval Times are undergoing a “sea change” and transitioning to queendoms.For those unaware of the goings-on at Medieval Times, here’s how things typically go: upon entry, customers are separated into different colour “teams” and the jousting knights wear the corresponding colour. The knights do battle on horseback while the customers consume a medieval-themed meal with their hands (for real, there are no utensils unless requested). You’re encouraged to be raucous and rude; as you eat, you cheer for your knight to claim victory. Login/Register With: Advertisement A new queen takes the throne at ‘Medieval Times.’ Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement
Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The government announced today that they will be striking an expert panel to conduct a review of both the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Acts. The panel follows a report from the CRTC last week, “Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada” that called for new measures to ensure foreign digital broadcasters contribute to the production of Canadian content. To read ACTRA’s submissions regarding this report (CRTC Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-359), please visit actra.ca/advocacy/crtc..About ACTRAACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of over 25,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. Advertisement Toronto, ON (June 5, 2018) — ACTRA says Canadian performers are ready to work with a new expert panel that will review the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Acts to ensure that global tech giants contribute to Canadian storytelling.“As technology changes, global internet giants should not be allowed to write their own rules,” said ACTRA National Executive Director Stephen Waddell. “We’re happy to see a commitment by government that ensures digital players in the broadcasting market contribute to production of Canadian stories. Thousands of jobs and our Canadian identity depend on it.”“We have built a world-renowned creative industry in Canada. The Broadcasting Act has been key to that,” said Waddell. “The Broadcasting Act enshrined the concept that Canada’s broadcasting system should safeguard, enrich and strengthen the cultural, political, social and economic fabric of Canada. Now, as more and more Canadians watch programs on digital platforms, the government is recognizing that the new digital players should promote Canadian culture as well as contribute to Canadian production in the way that conventional broadcasters have.” Facebook Twitter
TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2018 – Roots (“Roots,” “Roots Canada” or the “Company”) (TSX: ROOT) the premium outdoor lifestyle brand, announces the launch of Roots x Shawn Mendes, with a capsule collection designed in collaboration with Toronto-born multi-platinum singer/songwriter, Shawn Mendes. The official release of the limited-edition collection, which celebrates Shawn’s first-ever stadium show, is Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. eastern time at the Roots x Shawn Mendes pop-up shop in the Roots store at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Shawn’s global fanbase will be able to buy the collection online at www.roots.com on December 5, 2018. Fans that attend the in-store event will be given a code for priority presale access and guaranteed tickets to Shawn’s Rogers Centre show. Roots x Shawn Mendesis the first step in an ongoing creative collaboration between Roots and Shawn.Roots x Shawn Mendes Capsule Collection (CNW Group/Roots Corporation)“I’m so excited to launch this collaboration with Roots,” said Shawn Mendes. “With my first ever stadium show coming up in my home town Toronto, it felt like the perfect way to celebrate, by teaming up with one of the most iconic Canadian brands.”Roots, together with Shawn and his creative team, designed the capsule collection to celebrate the announcement of Shawn’s homecoming with his first-ever headlining stadium show, taking place at the Rogers Centre on September 6, 2019. Presales for Shawn’s Rogers Centre show start on December 5 and go on sale to the general public on December 15 (a full list of on-sale timings and ticket links can be found at ShawnStadium.com). Shawn Mendes: The Tour begins in March 2019, with more than 60 dates across Europe, North America and Australia. In May 2018, Shawn released his highly-anticipated third album (Shawn Mendes) which debuted at #1 on international album charts, making him the third youngest solo artist to ever have three #1 albums. Advertisement Shawn Mendes wearing the Roots x Shawn Mendes Award Jacket at Rogers Centre, in Toronto. (CNW Group/Roots Corporation) Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We are thrilled to partner with Shawn during such an important milestone in his career,” said Karen Zuccala, Vice President, Marketing of Roots. “It is an honour to work with such an incredibly talented Canadian singer and songwriter and bring his vision to life. The collection is the beginning of an ongoing creative relationship; we are excited to see where we can take this.”For 45 years, Roots has been drawing inspiration through art and music and celebrating the individuality of style as a form of self-expression. Roots has proudly collaborated with Grammy- and Juno-winning musicians, Academy Award-winning actors, Olympic athletes and other notable celebrities across the globe. The Roots x Shawn Mendes collection welcomes another great artist into the creative fold.Featuring nods to the album art for Shawn’s latest release, the limited-edition capsule collection consists of a hoodie ($88), sweatpants ($82), two pocket t-shirts ($36 each), a toque ($32), as well as a custom-designed Award Jacket ($598), handcrafted in the Roots Toronto Leather Factory. The collection embodies the unmistakable style, and uncompromising comfort and quality Roots is known for.About Shawn MendesToronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more. Shawn Mendes made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three #1 albums, and became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018. The album shot to #1 on iTunes upon release in over 80 countries around the world. Leading up to the album, he released multiple tracks including “Youth” Featuring Khalid, “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan.” Both “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” the first two songs released off the new album, experienced massive success, soaring to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S, Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. With “In My Blood,” Shawn became the first artist to ever have had four #1 singles at AC radio before the age of 20. In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x Platinum hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining 7x Platinum single “Stitches.” Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 3 consecutive #1 album debuts, 2 Platinum albums, and 8 consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 15 million albums, 100 million singles, and has amassed over 16 billion song streams and 5 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary arenas including NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, and London’sO2 Arena in minutes. Shawn Mendes: The Tour begins in March 2019, with over 60 dates currently announced across Europe, North America and Australia, with more to be announced soon. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” in 2017 and 2018 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential”. In February 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms.About RootsEstablished in 1973, Roots is a premium outdoor lifestyle brand with a rich Canadian heritage and portfolio of apparel, leather goods, accessories and footwear. Roots delivers products to customers through its store network, online platform and international partnerships. As of August 4, 2018, Roots integrated omni-channel footprint included 117 company retail stores in Canada, five company retail stores in the United States, 112 partner-operated stores in Taiwan, 27 partner-operated stores in China and a global e-commerce platform. Roots Corporation is a Canadian corporation doing business as “Roots” and “Roots Canada”.Forward-Looking InformationCertain information in this press release contains forward-looking information. This information is based on management’s reasonable assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to us and are made as of the date of this press release. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking information as a result of various factors. Information regarding our expectations of future results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities or the markets in which we operate is forward-looking information. Statements containing forward-looking information are not facts but instead represent management’s expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events or circumstances. Many factors could cause our actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements or future events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.See “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018 for a discussion of the uncertainties, risks and assumptions associated with these statements. Readers are urged to consider the uncertainties, risks and assumptions carefully in evaluating the forward-looking information and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such information. We have no intention and undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities law. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement
APTN National NewsMembers of the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba are receiving their payouts from the largest land claim settlement in Canadian history.APTN National News reporter Josh Grummett was there.
APTN National NewsA report from public health experts in Ontario calls for the creation of five safe injection sites in Ontario, similar to Insite in Vancouver.The report was written by Drs. Ahmed Bayoumi and Carol Strike, and primarily funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. It calls for three safe injection sites in Toronto and two in Ottawa, saying that the sites could prevent as many as 16 HIV infections and 95 hepatitis C infections combined.The Ontario Ministry of Health says it plans to review the report before making any decision.UPDATE: Ontario Minister of Health Deb Matthews has issued a statement saying that Ontario “has no plans to pursue supervised sites at this time”.
Iman Kassam APTN National NewsWhat’s in a name?Well, for the people in the community that was previously known as Trout Lake, Northwest Territories, a lot.They’ve officially changed their name back to a traditional one.
The Canadian PressHealth Canada has confirmed a pill seized on the Esgenoopetitj First Nation in New Brunswick contained fentanyl.RCMP say five Esgenoopetitj residents have been hospitalized since April 10 from suspected overdoses of the drug, a powerful synthetic opioid that has killed hundreds in western Canada but is relatively new to the East Coast.Police are continuing to investigate the April 11 death of a 35-year-old woman on the First Nation, saying an autopsy determined she died of an overdose, although they are still awaiting toxicology results.Her death has fuelled a growing movement on New Brunswick’s First Nations to banish drug dealers.Police say the seized pill is blue, about one centimetre in diameter and inscribed with “Percocet 5.”They say there was one other suspected overdose, but that person did not go to the hospital.In the case of one man, RCMP administered naloxone spray, which appeared to reverse the drug’s email@example.com
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsTwo First Nation organizations in Manitoba are receiving $3.3-million from the federal government, province and a Winnipeg foundation to cover programs, and studies related to the province’s child welfare system.The money will go to the family advocate’s office within the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and a grassroots organizations called Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre based in Winnipeg.“With the $800,000 contribution from the government of Canada, the advocate office will complete a file by file audit of First Nation CFS agencies to ensure that children caught in a discriminatory system where there is no real concern for protection are immediately sent home to their parents or home communities,” said Cora Morgan, Manitoba’s First Nation family advocate in the AMC.Manitoba is commonly referred to as “ground zero” for child apprehensions.It’s estimated that a newborn a day is taken into care everyday.“These funds will support the advocacy role that has been played by the office in helping families be reunified with their children,” said Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services.The First Nations Family Advocate’s office works with thousands of families involved in the CFS system each year.Morgan said the money will go into running workshops and support services for families, and investigating agencies.The announcement comes as the government continues to face criticism over it’s chronic under-funding of on-reserve agencies that deal with child welfare matters.“There is still work to be done in terms of addressing the funding issues and our government is determined to address those gaps but I would also say that today’s announcement speaks to the fact that it will take more than addressing funding gaps, it requires dramatic transformation of the child and family services approach,” Philpott said.Receiving the bulk of the money is the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, a grassroots organization that primarily works toward rebuilding relationships within Indigenous families.It’s an organization that works with families in the child and family welfare system. Ma Mawi has been running a program called Family Group Conferencing since 2000.The program assists families with becoming the decision makers when it comes to children’s safety as opposed to the CFS system deciding what’s best for the children. The group needed money to keep the program going so the federal government provided $500,000 over three years, and the province and the Winnipeg Foundation provided $1 million over a three year period to help keep the program going.“The big theme of course giving every child in this country and in this case speaking specifically of First Nation and other Indigenous children giving them the opportunity to grow up as much as possible with their families,” Philpott said. Contact Brittany here: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Trump administration’s decision to oppose the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger may be clouded by suspicions of political influence. But considered on its merits, it could mark a significant departure in antitrust policy, one that might block or modify a broader set of mergers found to harm consumers.The move disconcerted both Wall Street and the telecom and media industries, none of which expected it. Consumer groups are applauding, saying it’s a good step by the Justice Department to protect people from higher cable bills and ensure that web-based alternatives to TV aren’t stifled. (Many of the same groups, however, are also protesting the government’s plan, announced Tuesday, to roll back “net neutrality” rules intended to equalize access to the internet.)Matters, of course, are complicated by President Donald Trump’s long-running feud with CNN, a Time Warner company, which Trump regularly denigrates as “fake news” and “failing.” On Tuesday, Trump called the deal “not good for the country” and said he thought it would cause prices to go up. A White House spokeswoman said Monday she wasn’t aware of any efforts to influence the case.The Justice Department has suggested that AT&T could resolve the case by selling off DirecTV or a Time Warner business that includes CNN, according to a person familiar with the situation who couldn’t go on the record. AT&T has rejected any option that would cause it to lose control of CNN.LEGACY OF THE PASTIn 2011, Obama-era antitrust regulators waved through Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal — a deal that, like the current one, brought together a major provider of television and internet service and an entertainment conglomerate. (AT&T offers wireless, home internet and TV services; Time Warner owns the Warner Bros. studio and networks including HBO, CNN and TBS.)To prevent Comcast from abusing its greater leverage, regulators imposed a host of conditions on the company. For example, Comcast had to offer its TV and movies to online video competitors at the same rates as it did to cable and satellite rivals. But this approach isn’t universally acclaimed.For one thing, conditions are typically temporary; the ones for Comcast expire next year. They also don’t fundamentally change behavioural incentives for the company, and they require ongoing enforcement. Complaints in the past have dragged on for years. Among critics of such “behavioural commitments” is Makan Delrahim, now the Justice Department’s new antitrust chief.“The DOJ in this instance is learning from those past mistakes,” said Lina Khan, the legal policy director at the Open Markets Institute, a think-tank that opposes excessive corporate power.Delrahim has argued for requiring merged companies to divest certain businesses instead of imposing post-merger requirements on them. AT&T, however, doesn’t want to do that. Its plan is to marry popular Time Warner networks with its nationwide wireless and television services in order to build a data-driven ad business on top of it all.NEW THEORY OF COMPETITIONAT&T says TV bills won’t go up and consumers will benefit from innovations in packaging video. The Justice Department and some experts argue the opposite.For instance, MoffettNathanson analysts said in a note Tuesday that it was “in fact, very easy to imagine” how a company that both makes and distributes “must-have” news, sports and entertainment programming could use its power to thwart competitors by withholding it from rivals.The government argues that AT&T could, for example, charge upstart streaming services prohibitively expensive fees for the rights to HBO or other channels, or even withhold them, making it harder to compete with AT&T’s services. AT&T has said it intends to broaden, not limit, distribution of Time Warner.“The DOJ’s argument is simple: AT&T cannot lawfully be given this market power, because the incentives for them to abuse it are self-evident,” the analysts wrote. “It is simply not the case that this is a ‘novel’ legal theory.”Antitrust enforcement used to be more aggressive. But starting in the 1980s, it became more focused on promoting consumer welfare than on ensuring competitive markets, Khan said. That made “vertical mergers,” where the companies in question weren’t direct competitors, more attractive, since regulators believed they created efficiencies without harming consumers.For regulators to reject a vertical merger “represents a stark departure from the U.S. enforcement practice of the recent decades,” Columbia law professor Anu Bradford said in an email. The last time the U.S. government won a court victory in a vertical merger antitrust case was in 1972, when the Supreme Court said Ford’s takeover of a spark-plug business violated antitrust law.The suit against AT&T could be the start of a new, more aggressive tack in antitrust by the Justice Department. But that depends on whether other considerations played a role.“If it’s politically motivated because the president doesn’t like CNN, then it’s just a wild card,” said NYU law professor Eleanor Fox. “If this represents a change of heart, to be much more aggressive against mergers, it would be a game changer.”
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,376.77, down 57.24 points)Dalradian Resources Inc. (TSX:DNA). Miner. Down a penny, or 0.69 per cent, to $1.44 on 14.92 million shares.Enercare Inc. (TSX:ECI). Utility. Up $9.99, or 52.83 per cent, to $28.90 on 11.36 million shares. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners made a friendly $4.3-billion takeover offer for the utility worth the equivalent of $29 per share in cash with an option to receive some of the price in equity. The offer was 53 per cent above Enercare’s closing price at $18.91 on Tuesday, prior to the announcement.The Hydropothecary Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Healthcare. Up 48 cents, or 11.03 per cent, to $4.83 on 10.93 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 18 cents, or 2.56 per cent, to $6.84 on 8.54 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down 15 cents, or 3.06 per cent, to $4.75 on 7.93 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 25 cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $18.20 on 6.47 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Molson Coors Canada. (TSX:TPX.B). Up $4.50, or 4.92 per cent, to $96.01 on 7,240 shares. The brewer has entered into a joint venture with The Hydropothecary Corp. to develop non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages, making it the latest big alcohol company to turn its eye to the budding marijuana market. The new venture will be a standalone start-up with its own board and management team that will be 57.5 per cent owned by Molson.
LONDON — Britain’s Treasury chief says leaving the European Union on any terms will leave the economy worse off than remaining in the bloc.Philip Hammond says that “if you look at this purely from an economic point of view there will be a cost to leaving the European Union, because there will be impediments to our trade.”But he says a divorce deal agreed between the British government and the EU, which calls for continued close economic ties, will minimize the economic damage.The government and the Bank of England both plan to publish assessments Wednesday of the economic impact of Brexit under different scenarios.Prime Minister Theresa May is battling to persuade skeptical lawmakers to back the Brexit deal before Parliament votes Dec. 11 to accept or reject it.The Associated Press
CALGARY (660NEWS) – A new study shows Alberta’s reputation as a place to invest in energy projects continues to fall.The Fraser Institute surveyed petroleum-sector executives around the world and found the province ranked 43rd of 97 jurisdictions worldwide in attractiveness to invest, falling ten spots from last year and down from 14th overall in 2014.Fraser Institute Senior Policy Analyst Ashley Stedman helped author the report and said there are a number of factors leading to the decline.“More than 50 per cent of survey respondents this year say Alberta’s high taxes and more than 70 per cent sight Alberta’s costly red tape as deterrents to investment,” explained Stedmen.For the first time in five years, no Canadian region ranked in the top 10, while Alberta also finished second last in Canada, with only B.C. seen as a less attractive place to invest.Manitoba was the best, ranking 16th in the world.You can read the full report here.
Tired of waiting for major construction projects to come to them, a growing coalition of First Nations is instead taking the lead on ventures to better control their economic futures.“We really are in a place looking to diversify our economies,” said Jasmine Thomas, a councillor of the Saik’uz First Nation in central British Columbia.“Really moving away from projects proposed and imposed on us, and changing that whole direction to projects that we’re leading, and that make sense to us.”The Saik’uz are one of four bands working with an initiative called the First Nations Major Projects Coalition to jump-start a hydroelectric enterprise that has been stalled for decades.The roughly $300-million Kenney Dam Water Release Facility is the first project the coalition has taken on in its mission to create a First Nation-led service providing trusted advice and co-ordination on getting major projects off the ground.“We are a first-of-its-kind model,” said Niilo Edwards, executive director of the coalition.“What we do is we respond to the requests that come in and provide the support necessary so that communities can make informed business decisions.”The coalition, currently funded from provincial and federal grants, is designed to move beyond impact benefit agreements towards greater initiative and ownership of projects with budgets of over $100 million, said Edwards.“In this day and age, First Nations have the opportunity to become project proponents themselves. Gone are the days of treating First Nations as stakeholders. They are governments, they have interests in their territory, they have economic and social interests that need to be satisfied.”To help First Nations get projects going, the coalition provides a forum for discussions and consultations as well as expertise, but it is not a project manager, nor does it negotiate on behalf of First Nations.The Kenney Dam project is the most advanced for the coalition, but Edwards said he has received requests to look into electricity transmission projects as well as the potential for a provincial loan guarantee fund.The coalition, which started taking shape in B.C. in 2015 and now counts 47 members as far east as Ontario, is also framed around projects that meet standards of cultural values and environmental stewardship and to demonstrate how projects can move forward with free, prior and informed consent.The Kenney Dam project looks to have met the criteria of the Saik’uz, Nadleh Whut’en, Stellat’en, and Cheslatta Carrier First Nations involved in moving it forward. The project will direct overflow water from the dam to a generation facility, and restore water flow to a stretch of the Nechako river that was choked off when the dam was built in the 1950s to power the Rio Tinto Kitimat aluminum smelter.The project has been proposed in various forms for decades, but never got off the ground. The coalition, along with independent power producer BluEarth Renewables Inc., is now advancing it through a new feasibility study with the hope of finally making it a reality, said Edwards.“This project was on the books for 20 or 30 years, and the First Nations who have an interest in it today, struggled to advance the project until the coalition came along and was able to act as a forum for capacity and technical support to make the project go, or at least as far as we’ve gotten it today, which is a heck of a lot further than it’s ever been.”BluEarth CEO Grant Arnold said the project itself fit key criteria for the company, but that the coalition has helped smooth out the process.“It’s a really impressive way for these groups to build capacity, and to get involved in large projects,” he said.“The model in Canada is evolving very very quickly, and to the benefit of everybody, including First Nations, project developers, there’s a lot of positive trends.”The coalition’s design of First Nation-led projects will help create more certainty for future projects, said JP Gladu, CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.“It creates certainty for investors, it creates certainty for communities, and at the end of the day, this is an opportunity for First Nations to generate new revenue sources through infrastructure. So I think more of this has to happen.”For Thomas, who acts as a spokeswoman for the four First Nations involved in the Kenney project, the development and the coalition in general are part of a new era for First Nation independence.“We’re talking about a new political landscape,” she said.“Having First Nations lead these type of projects, major projects, risks are definitely reduced. There’s a lot of economic certainty and it’s really helping to promote economic reconciliation for communities.”Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press
HANOI, Vietnam — Facebook is defending itself against allegations that it allows illegal content in violation of Vietnam’s cybersecurity law.The social media giant said Wednesday that it had a clear process for reporting and handling content that violates laws. The company said it had restricted illegal content and was in discussions with the government.The comments were in response to state media reports that the Ministry of Information and Communication has complained Facebook was allowing users to upload slanderous content and anti-government comments, among other alleged violations of a cybersecurity law that took effect Jan. 1.The law requires service providers such as Google and Facebook operating in Communist-ruled Vietnam to store user data and open offices in the country and remove offending contents within 24 hours if requested by the authorities.The Associated Press
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — When most residents think of daisies, they might think of the tune “(S)he loves me, (s)he loves me not,” but the Peace River Regional District wants residents to come up with a new jingle showing just what a menace daisies really are, and is offering a reward for the catchiest tune.The PRRD says that daisies, specifically Oxeye Daisy and Scentless Chamomile, are a plague since they are an invasive species and not native to the Peace. The BC Weed Control Act says that the plants are considered regionally noxious, out-of-control perennials that are costly to eradicate and decrease the value of agricultural products.PRRD Communications Manager Fran Haughian says that the Regional District has put daisies at the top of its list of most wanted invasive species this year. Because of this, the Regional District has started a contest for residents to come up with the best jingle to use as propaganda against the invasive plants. Any submitted jingle must include the phrases: “Scentless Chamomile,” “Oxeye Daisy,” “Destroy daisies,” and “Hand pull, place in clear bags and toss into the landfill.” Submissions are encouraged to include all pr parts of: “The flowers can be identified by white petals and yellow centres,” “Pull-Bag-Toss the plant,” and “Free to dump PRRD transfer station.”Haughian said that the composer of the winning jingle will be awarded a $250 gift certificate at a local music store in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John.For more details and contest rules, visit the PRRD’s Destroy Daisies contest web page: https://prrd.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/engage/invasive-plant-jingle-contest/2018-1-23_-Daisy_Jingle-_Contest-Rules_FNL.pdf
ConcessionsDo you have a concession? Email email@example.com to get your application in! Buy a weekend pass in advance and save on your tickets to the rodeo.Adult tickets are $15 a day get a weekend pass for $40Seniors and youth (10 and up) are $10 a day or get a weekend pass for only $25Children under 9 freeTo check out the dance, tickets are either $25 a night or $40 for both nights.If you are looking for any further information or to sponsor or volunteer please contact:250-262-1032 and 855-262-1032 emails are firstname.lastname@example.orgVolunteersWe need volunteers to help make this event possible. For more information about becoming a volunteer, email email@example.com. Are you a part of a local non-profit? We could also use your help, email us for more information. The Fort St. John Rodeo returns for another year at the North Peace Light Horse Rodeo Grounds July 20-22, 2018. There will be all the rodeo events, chuckwagons, food trucks and more.Plus Dance in the Dirt featuring Trevor Panczak and friends on Friday and Saturday night. The dance gets underway at approximately 9 p.m. at the North Peace Light Horse Rodeo GroundsGates open at 11 a.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased online at Energetictickets.ca, in person at Systems Sound Source or at the gate.